I couldn't help myself but cry, and the last time I cried this hard was eight years back. The score and cinematography are superb and of course, the performances are as powerful as they are distressing. A lot could be said of the stunning performances, the brilliant writing etc. The story is true - based on a book by a French-Iranian reporter played by James Caviezel. The anger in the eyes and hearts of the men as they kill her. That is the reason for this review. Shohreh Aghdashloo heads up this tragic and ferocious film, The Stoning of Soraya M.
The story is related to him and unfolds for us through the witness of Soraya's aunt Shohreh Aghdashloo. All religions can be dangerous when taken to extremes; the examples in history are too numerous to recite here. It sheds light on how one man's selfishness can incite a mob mentality against an innocent woman. But don't look for any happy endings here. This woman's story needs to be told. I have to admit, the direction, production and the casting of this movie was absolutely fabulous.
After watching the injustice and betrayal that Soraya, the lead character, suffered in this film I can no longer be silent about the injustice going on in this world today. The extras all looked Iranian. But then he realizes that he'll have to support her, and so he concocts a story accusing her of adultery - the penalty for which is stoning. The men wheel and deal, as Ali works out a deal to free the father of his future teen bride. Freidoune Sahebjam's car breaks down on a road driving in Iran.
Its images will stay will you for a long time. But watching this film, forced me write and appreciate what the makers have done here. The story is of Soraya, a woman who is stoned to death unjustly by her own family. It is not a movie you will easily forget. A woman, Zahra, tells him the incredible stoning death of her niece, Soraya, whose husband Ali constantly beat her to try to force a divorce in order to marry a 14 year old girl. The story starts off slowly and builds to a brutal and bloody ending that I did not expect. Persian being one of the languages I speak, I could relate to the movie to a whole different level.
Although, if you're an educated person, you would know the woman's battle in the middle east and of course, right here on our main land sometimes too but the way director Cyrus Nowrasteh presents the material is terrifying. Be forewarned, this film presents a graphic depiction of a public stoning. So, he does the only thing a nasty bastard could do. When Soraya bravely walks to the spot where she knows she will die, when she sees the pile of rocks, when the first stone strikes her. The only reason to add another review for this remarkable and rightly praised film is to give a shout out to Jim Caviezel.
The title of the movie reveals how this story ends but nothing could have prepared me for the brutality depicted in the inevitable stoning scene. That is a risk that a lot of the bad boy actors who are very quick to criticize the United States would never, ever do because it required courage. If you make it all the way through the last scene, take a moment to remember the message that came across your screen before the first scene takes off. It's a brilliant performance from Mozhan Marno as the accused and condemned Soraya. In the end this becomes very graphic and bloody. It shows the dangers of religious extremism, but doesn't come across as anti-Islam.
It doesn't jump out at you and shout, grabbing you by the shoulders and shaking you, no, this one is very subtle indeed. This film gives us an inside to the powerlessness of women in some Islamnic countries and the injustice they suffer. And yet it's clear that from the beginning this cannot be stopped. The innocent women gets the stone while the man is set to roam free. A tip: If you are born a female, make sure it's not in Iran.
As the movie ends, the reporter has to desperately escape the town as he's chased by a mob wanting to prevent him from smuggling the story to the outside world. This view is very cleverly and subtly woven into the fabric of the film like a delicate pattern that you see without seeing. The producer is the same as in the passion of the Christ and Braveheart. As a viewer, you're left with a queasy stomach in stunned silence. The scenes will stay with you. Crime Drama A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam Caviezel , whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra Aghdashloo , who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya Marnò , whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending.
I must begin with explaining that I have an extraordinarily high tolerance for graphic imaging. All the physical violence in this movie is played out in emotional violence every day to many women in every country. Kudos to the actors and actresses as well as to the director for making this incredible film. The only relevant credit was right at the very end, hidden in small text, almost the last thing credited it simply said Shot entirely in the Middle East. You've bore your violent husband two girls and two boys and been married to him for twenty years.